THERE were plenty of reasons to smile in Simpson on Friday, with a new home firmly on the horizon for the Simpson Men’s Shed.
Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder announced the group will benefit from a $60,000 Victorian Coalition Government grant to build a new Men’s Shed.
He joined with committee members, Corangamite Shire Council representatives and members of the Simpson community in welcoming the Coalition Government’s support for the Men’s Shed which is valued at a total $104,249.
“The Men’s Shed movement is really a wonderful initiative and I’m delighted to announce this funding today for a new shed in Simpson,” Mr Mulder said.
“I know that a great many local people will be looking forward to using the new facilities and that the shed will provide another avenue for community building in the town.”
The Simpson Men’s Shed will receive $44,249 in additional funding from local government and community sources, bringing the total build to $104,249.
The Simpson Men’s Shed is now in its fifth year, with the first meeting held in October 2009.
Starting with a membership of 23, the popularity continued to grow, with 28 members registered now.
Group member Ken Unwin said the new Men’s Shed would be built behind the Simpson Bowls Club.
“Over the next 12 months members will see the construction of the new building and development of the grounds surrounding the site,” he said.
“This will cater for parking and a community garden as funds become available.”
The new shed will measure 15 metres by seven metres with a skillion attached measuring 15 metres by five metres.
Mr Unwin said the main building will be the work area and the skillion will contain a toilet, kitchen, office and recreational area.
“The submission for the current round of funding from the State Government was given wonderful support from local community organisations and the Cobden Community Bank,” he said.